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Poster: DeadATL Date: Jan 27, 2011 7:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Pot-firing catapult

Pot-firing catapult found at Arizona-Mexico border
By FELIPE LARIOS
The Associated Press
HERMOSILLO, Mexico — Drug smugglers trying to get marijuana across the Arizona-Mexico border apparently are trying a new approach — a catapult.
National Guard troops operating a remote video surveillance system at the Naco Border Patrol Station say they observed several people preparing a catapult and launching packages over the International Border fence last Friday evening.
Tucson TV station KVOA says Border Patrol agents working with the National Guard contacted Mexican authorities, who went to the location and disrupted the catapult operation.
The 3-meter (3-yard) tall catapult was found about 20 meters (20 yards) from the U.S. border on a flatbed towed by a sports utility vehicle, according to a Mexican army officer with the 45th military zone in the border state of Sonora.
The catapult was capable of launching 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of marijuana at a time, the officer said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity for security reasons.
Soldiers seized found 16 kilograms (35 pounds) of marijuana, the vehicle and the catapult device, the officer said.
The smugglers left the area before they could be captured.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 27, 2011 8:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

I want to know how far this thing could launch those 4 kg packages.

I could see this catching on, dime bags being fired around concerts with those t shirt cannons.

All kidding aside, do we still need to provide conversions for meters and kg?

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Jan 27, 2011 10:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

"I want to know how far this thing could launch those 4 kg packages."

I think the pkgs are landing in Tell's yard. Maybe he'll trade 'em for some Cream discs.

TOOTMO

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 27, 2011 10:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

I had a couple land in my moat, but the crocs got to 'em before I could fish them out.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 27, 2011 10:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

Wonderful. Best laugh of the day so far.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 27, 2011 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

I have returned from Jim's dreaded "dentist's chair", with new crown in place, and while scanning this thread couldn't believe it took so long for the two of us (SDH) to be mentioned with respect to proximity issues.

BTW, from Tucson to Nogales (no, Rob, not "...Tucson to Tucumcari..."), the major interstate DOES have the distance listed in kms.

It didn't take; it turns out we Arizonans can't do the math, except when asking for our clips to be "super-sized!"



[sorry to anyone and everyone that thinks ANY gun related joke is in poor taste these days...]

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 27, 2011 10:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

Crocs with munchies? count me out.

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Poster: craven714 Date: Jan 27, 2011 10:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

"I could see this catching on, dime bags being fired around concerts with those t shirt cannons. "

I almost sharted myself laughing at that.
Excellent concept indeed.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 27, 2011 8:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

"do we still need to provide conversions for meters and kg?"

Given that whoever did the conversions seems to think that metres and yards are the same, it looks like yes. (They probably work for NASA.)

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 27, 2011 10:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

Good one.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 27, 2011 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

what the hell is a metre?

I gave them a break on the size of the catapult since they round off to the same size although you are correct 20 meters is not 20 yards, according to my trusty conversion app on my phone its closer to 22.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 27, 2011 9:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

That's no ordinary catapult. It's a friggin' trebuchet. Good for those smugglers. Perhaps this will spark (no pun intended) a resurgence in the study of medieval warfare.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 27, 2011 9:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

Those suckers could fling further and heavier then cats. Why only 4 kilos instead of 40? I guess more & smaller mitigates loss.
Who is smoking all this Mexican dirt weed? Isn't that so '70's?

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 27, 2011 10:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

Do we need a resurgence in interest in medieval warfare?

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 28, 2011 12:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

Resurgence? Did it ever go away? Do you not have a son?

Mine once made a trebuchet in the yard. Flung stuffed bags and rotten pumpkins from it. (At the garden, not at the neighbors.)

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 27, 2011 10:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

Couldn't hurt.


Unless you get hit in the head by a 4 pound bag of weed.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 27, 2011 10:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

When the energy crisis really starts to bite the low-tech guys are going to kick the high-tech guys collective ass. Hard.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 28, 2011 1:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

Yeah, well, I'll be ready, I guess. I'm writing this now with no electricity. (We'll have about five hours of electricity today in Kathmandu, and a few more in the middle of the night.) We run our internet off a car battery setup that charges when we do have electricity.

Incidentally, this is a city of about 3 million, and that's pretty much what EVERYONE does. (If they can afford a car battery. If not, they just tough it out.) When the energy crisis hits, I have my bets on who's gonna shrug and go on cheerfully ... and it won't be the First World ...



This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2011-01-28 09:14:03

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jan 27, 2011 9:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

and if things dont work out for them, they could always go and try to sell the trebuchet on Pawn Stars. Would be really cool seeing Chum Lee being fired into the air as Rick tests it out in the Nevada desert.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 27, 2011 10:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

You know this has me thinking that there maybe a far more lucrative career for these guys then standing in a field in Delaware.

http://science.discovery.com/videos/punkin-chunkin-2009-its-punkin-chunkin-time-again.html

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 27, 2011 1:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

That is their very well disguised training facility.

Seriously, why would anyone devote that much time, effort and money into just flinging pumpkins around? I knew there was an alternative motive behind all this.

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Jan 27, 2011 8:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pot-firing catapult

Aren't they legalizing medical marijuana in AZ.?


Kind of defeats the purpose of smuggling.

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